Hastings College is the best place for you to get started in a health professions career — whether you’re interested in becoming a medical doctor, pharmacist, dentist, physician assistant, nurse, physical therapist or any number of health-related professions.

We provide personalized advising, academic support where you need it and offer professional development strategies from our faculty and active alumni network.

There are multiple pathways into medical fields — and Hastings College is the place to get the prerequisites and experience you need to apply to and be accepted into one of your programs of choice.

Pre-health tracks

These are some of the pre-health tracks Hastings College students have focused on — and been accepted to graduate schools.

  • Dentistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Cytotechnology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiography
  • Speech pathology
  • Veterinary medicine

Most common majors at Hastings

While a number of majors can ultimately lead you to a career in a health profession, these are the most common at Hastings College.

Create your own future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Acceptance to graduate schools

You’ll find successful Hastings College alumni at these and other graduate schools.

  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown
  • University
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Michigan
  • Bryan College of Health Sciences
  • Creighton University
    Indiana University School of Optometry
  • Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Nebraska Methodist College
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

All the extras aren't extra

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No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?

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Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.

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iPad  + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!

Find scholarships for pre-health majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Plus we offer talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. The result? Every student receives at least $12,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).

Success in Health Professions

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Video: Students talk about their study abroad experience

Hastings College students McKinzi Johnson, a biochemistry and music education major from Colorado Springs, Colorado; Michaela Bailey, an elementary education major from Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and Vinny Schmidt, a biology major from…